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Serves :

Preparation Time :
15 minutes

Cooking Time :
25 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the shallots, garlic, bacon, carrot, celery and red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the beans, stock, bay leaf and oregano with marjoram, bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, skimming off any scum that may come from the beans.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, then add the chopped parsley.
  • Transfer a ladle the soup into warmed serving bowls and drizzle each one with a little olive oil.


  • 420 grams borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons Cooking oil
  • 4-6 shallots, chopped
  • 1 piece of unsmoked bacon, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • ½ red pepper, cored, deseeded and diced
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped oregano
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped marjoram
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

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